How to empty cache/

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by kptphoto, Oct 29, 2010.

  1. kptphoto macrumors newbie

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    Hello to all

    I understand that I could improve the performance of my iMac by emptying the cache.

    I see under Safari you have that option in the Safari drop down menu.

    Are there any other "caches" I should be looking to empty?

    I'm running OS X 10.6.4 on an iMac with a 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo.

    Thanks for any advice. I'm trying to learn as much as I can.
     
  2. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    I only find one "Cache" folder on mine. It's empty.
     
  3. celticpride678

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    There are several "Cache" folder locations on Mac OS X.

    One is located in ~/Library. Another is located in /Library and another in /System. There are also several "hidden" ones.

    To clear all of the cache folders, just download Onyx (free app) and run its maintenance scripts.
     
  4. kptphoto thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have been able to find several now. Do they affect performance and is it safe to empty them?
     
  5. celticpride678

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    After you first empty them, performance will be a little worse. After a while, it will be back to normal.

    They are perfectly safe to remove.
     
  6. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Doh! I should have known. I used Spotlight to search the word "Cache". Spotlight has never done a very good job for me.
     
  7. johto macrumors 6502

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    Thats because spotlight excludes system most of the system files :p
     

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